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Fried Mac & Cheese Bites

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 1 hr
Yield

8

This is not your ordinary appetizer! Make a fresh batch of macaroni and cheese or use leftovers. Either way, it's an appetizer that will have everyone talking.

Ingredients

  • Macaroni and Cheese:
  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons Crystal Farms® Butter, unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Crystal Farms Shredded Mac & Cheese
  • nonstick cooking spray as needed
  • Fried Bites:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil as needed

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly.

  3. Slowly whisk in milk into the flour mixture, whisking constantly, until sauce is smooth. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce to low heat and simmer for 1 minute.

  4. Stir in the shredded Mac & Cheese blend. Continue to cook, while stirring, until cheese is melted.

  5. Remove from heat and fold the pasta into the cheese sauce.

  6. Spray 6-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon macaroni and cheese into pan; packing it down slightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until macaroni and cheese is completely cooled.

  7. Place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in three separate shallow bowls. Cut chilled macaroni and cheese into 16 pieces, cutting pan 4x

  8. Dredge each macaroni and cheese bite as follows: First coat bite lightly with flour, then dip in eggs, then coat with bread crumbs.

  9. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook about half of the bites at one time, frying bites for 1-1 1/2 minutes per side.

  10. Drain bites on paper towels. Serve immediately.